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- Publication Date: November 5, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ODVCS1Q
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The Ultimate Killer (Battles in the Dark Book 2) Kindle Edition
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This was such a long (and wonderful) book that I’m not quite sure where to start, so I’ll just dive right in. WOW! A lot happens and lucky for us it begins right where book one left off. Not so lucky for us…the ending. As I neared the 100% mark on my Kindle I literally hesitated before turning each page because I didn’t want it to end. And OMG I definitely did not want it to end there! Book three, please hurry!
Kira didn’t die, although at times she sure wishes she did. She is now one of the Hunrati and their ways go against everything she is. But the choice to submit to the queen and fully become one of them isn’t her choice and with the unwanted help of Pheres she’ll eventually get rid of the collar that binds her…only she’ll never be free.
“Liar, fu**in’ pants on fire, she thought to herself.”
Pheres doesn’t understand Kira and he doesn’t understand why he feels protective of her and jealous over her. Hunrati aren’t meant to become attached to a single person, it isn’t their way, but he’ll do anything he can to get her to want him the way she does the man she cries out for in her sleep. Only at the end of the day…he’ll always belong to the queen, as they all do.
“But this occasion, with this woman, he wanted to savor. He wanted to take his time, which he had never really done before, to see how it could be different.”
Kuron didn’t think Kira was alive, but without physical evidence part of him holds onto the hope, but he honestly never expected to see her again and when he does it’s definitely not how he imagined it.
“I don’t know why she chose you, but I respected her wishes,” he said, vehemently. “Maybe I gave up too easily. I should’ve done more to make her realize you would betray her and I was the one who cared for her.”
Emmerich’s fate is a little more of a mystery. He’s not dead and when he comes back it’s with a purpose that he doesn’t fully understand, but he has to help his people survive the Hunrati as it’s what Kira would have wanted. When he and other mythlends are forced into the arena it’s with great trepidation he does what he must, but in order to bring the end he must survive. Problem with that is the end isn’t exactly what he thought it would be. And Kira…he just got her back…will he lose her just as quickly?
“Then who do I have to challenge and claim you as mine?”
Kira is still the fighter she always was. She’s learning to adapt to her new surrounding while managing to keep a somewhat hold on the person she truly is. Pheres is a Hunrati, so what can you expect, but truth is I was really beginning to like him. Kuron is still going above and beyond because of his love for Kira and the thought that he could one day be by her side again. Emmerich, regardless of how he came back, is still the man in love who doesn’t want to live without the woman who stole his heart, but following through with what she would have wanted is as close as he’ll get so he’ll do it. There’s also the rest of the characters we either loved or hated from book one all winding their ways though this story.
One thing I did learn is never expect anything as it’ll definitely not happen the way you think. People die (yes, even the ones we like), people come back, people lie and betray and play each other, and don’t let me forget the sex…there’s definitely a lot of that too.
Sad part is usually there’s one guy who stands above all the rest that I’m cheering to win the girl, but in this case it’s so hard to lean one way or the other. I was really beginning to like Pheres. I’ve always like Kuron and he continues to do things that keep me liking him. And some part of me has always liked Emmerich. But honestly with the way The Ultimate Killer ends, I’m not sure if any of these three will ever get the Kira they each care for.
My Favorite Laughable Moment: This may be wrong on so many levels, but I laughed so hard when Pheres was in the room with the queen and Javan.
“Good Beast! Take it all in…you’re only halfway there.”
Halfway! There was no way he could take another inch of it.
My Favorite Moment: It was brief, but I longed throughout this entire book for the moment Kira would see Emmerich and Kuron again. That their entire interaction pissed off Decima was just the icing on the cake.
The story picks up immediately where the first book in the Battles in the Dark series ends with Kira falling through the magical barrier and waking the Hunrati from their millennia long sleep. When she wakes, she discovers she’s been turned into one of the indestructible creatures.
Over the course of weeks, the Hunrati destroy city after city leaving the remaining Nostvores and other Mythlends struggling to find a way to defeat the Hunrati. When things seem bleak, a hope comes in the form of visions, but can they discover how to kill the unkillable before it’s too late?
Like the first book, I thought this was well written and added a great deal of depth with the new characters that made it a seamless transition between the books. Throughout Kira’s ordeal, we’re placed into the complex desires versus what she needs to do as she attempts to resist her captor’s plans. We feel her torment to the point we really want her to cut loose and slaughter all of the Hunrati.
Along with Kira, the characters from the first book are further developed as we’re introduced to their peculiar and varied nature when it comes to the bedroom. There are times I wondered if there was too much sex, but each scene was beneficial to showing the underlying character’s strength, personality, and feelings for their partners. In many ways, it was like reading a “How To” book when it came to personalities.
The one complaint I have is the ending left me wanting more. It was so unexpected I had to read it a couple of times and even let out a curse or two for not seeing a couple of signs here and there, but I’m not going to tell. Once again, Kimberly Clark has put me in a position of having to patiently wait for her next book. To be honest, it can’t come quick enough for me.
now thats out the way...........flipping awesome book! Let me try and say that a little more eloquently.
Following on from The Species WithIn, we join Kira, Emmerich, Kuron and everyone else as they try to make sense of the utter mess that Darius has made. Thinking each other dead, Emmerich and Kira deal with their respective situations as best they can, which isn't ever so well. The Hunati are vicious in their attack on the world, both Human and Mythlend and are proving impossible to kill. After Emmerich's little *hiccup* the Nostvores think they have found a way. But all is not as it seems, and BOY do we get some surprises!!
This book is darker, deadlier, bloodier, and so much more sexier than book one, but its the Hunati that make this book. After thousands of years *asleep* they wake and just...pick up where they left off, hell bent on destroying everything and everyone who gets in their way. Failing that, they enslave them. For food. For sport. You get the picture.
What I am particularly enjoying about these books is, I can't see the bigger picture! Sometimes, you can, sometimes you can't. I can't here, and while its driving me nuts that I can't see where its all going to go, and who will come out on top, or at least ALIVE, its also keeping me hooked good and proper. And thats been a while coming for me, let me tell ya. A series that kept me hooked, line and sinker!
So, Ms Clark, get writing part three, because I need to know just whats going to happen to whom, and who gets the girl/hunati/angel person :-P
5 deadly, bloody, sexy stars, thank you very muchly!
oh, I should say, I was given my copy by Ms Clark, for no other reason than she asked me did I want book two and of course I darn well did!